Book: Shade’s Children
Author: Garth Nix
Recommend: This was a bleak and yet somehow refreshing change of pace…
I picked this one up after reading about it online using through a page a found on StumbleUpon. I requested it from the library and picked it up this week. After finishing the dystopian trilogy that I had read the day before I was going for something very different and found it, although in not the way I expected.
This was a post-apocalyptic world where everyone dies at the age of fourteen in order to be used as spare parts for monsters that put on large battles. A few lucky ones escape the dorms and end up constantly on the run except for the ones lucky enough to find Shade and his children who are searching for a way to defeat the overlords and put their world back together.
I really enjoyed that this book didn’t really contain an ounce of fluff. It was harsh and honestly bleak. The characters were rough and attempting to deal with extremely tough choices. Their emotions got in the way and had consequences and not everyone survived in the end. There was a lack of romance that was honestly refreshing. The characters had too many other things to deal with. The only negative thing I could say about this book is that one of the central characters, Gold Eye, comes off a bit younger than the teenager he is supposed to be. His broken speech makes him come across like a little kid instead. It took me some time to realize that he was supposed to be the same age as the rest of them.
Overall a good read but there is no fluff to be found here.